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WI in England 1976: Greig's England are made to 'grovel'

Tony Greig (left) was soon to desert England for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, while Viv Richards (top right) hit two double hundreds and Michael Holding (bottom right) celebrates his eight-wicket haul at The Oval

England captain Tony Greig's pronouncement before the 1976 series that he intended to make the West Indies "grovel" had a big effect - but not in the way he intended.

With the apartheid issue at the forefront of 1970s politics, the West Indians were clearly fired up to hear South African-born Greig use the word - and the tourists dominated the English summer.

Clive Lloyd's side romped to a 3-0 victory in the one-day series, and after drawing the first two Tests, won the last three.

A young Viv Richards made 232 in the first Test and 291 in the final Test - while opener Gordon Greenidge hit three centuries in successive innings.

The pace attack was spearheaded by Andy Roberts, who took 6-37 to win the Old Trafford Test, and Michael Holding who grabbed 8-92 and 6-57 at The Oval.

Watch BBC archive video of Michael Holding and other West Indies legends



see also
West Indies in England 2009
04 Dec 08 |  Cricket
West Indies legends video archive
14 May 07 |  West Indies

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